Extinction Rebellion protesters returned to the streets of Paris to launch gallons of fake blood at the facade of the Medef offices. The Medef is the largest network of businesses in France, and assists in ensuring the progress of development projects. This includes lobbying on behalf of businesses to defend and promote their interests, a practice which an XR spokesperson told Ruptly, was “against” climate change activism.
He said: “We poured blood on the front because we wanted to denounce the cynicism of these lobbies but at the same time it’s something dramatic.
“The deaths are already beginning. The deaths due to the climate crisis are already beginning; we have famines, we have epidemics.
“So, in fact, these people have blood on their hands.
“It has to be said. Because they’re only working for them, against us.”
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The spokesman continued: “We denounce the current influence that the very polluting lobbies have.
“That includes the lobbies of the agro-industry, the Medef and the plastic industry.
“While COVID-19 is still going on, they have begun to send letters asking for the suspension of environmental standards.
“These are now necessary for our survival.”
France has also seen a surge in Yellow Vest and Black Lives Matter protests.
The country has been gradually easing lockdown restrictions since May.
Emmanuel Macron announced that travel to certain countries will now be allowed.
The President gave his fourth speech to the nation to chart France’s next steps out of the coronavirus crisis.
He praised European solidarity, and outlined a “new chapter” for the alliance that would allow the group to “stand up” to other developed states.